University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the River Oaks Blossom Club Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator River Oaks Blossom Club
Collection Title River Oaks Blossom Club Records
Dates 1939-2004
Identification 1999-008
Physical Description 3.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

The River Oaks Blossom Club was organized in 1939 by a group of River Oaks women who felt the area needed a third garden club. The Club promotes gardening as both an enjoyable social activity and one that benefits the community. The Club meets monthly, October through May, at member's houses to plan activities and conduct Club business. Guest speakers at the monthly meetings have included experts on local and state horticulture. The Club also participates in field trips and provides tours through members' gardens. The Blossom Club's main activity each year is the annual flower show in May at the home of a member. Each show has a particular theme, such as First Ladies or International. In addition to the meetings and flower show, the Blossom Club also promotes civic responsibility. Members have donated their time and gardening talents to local hospitals and nursing homes by preparing decorated Christmas trees, cookie jars, and stamped cards. Although not included in the collection, the Blossom Club has received certificates for its cooperation during World War II with the USO, the Red Cross, the Bond Drive, and the Victory Vegetable Gardens.

Scope and Contents

The River Oaks Blossom Club collection contains material dating from the Club's inception in 1939 through 2004. The collection is divided into three series: Yearbooks, Administrative, and Photographs. The Yearbooks and Photographs are arranged chronologically. The Administrative series is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
River Oaks Blossom Club
Genre/Form of Material:
Administrative records
Geographic Name:
River Oaks (Tex.)
Topical Term:
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

River Oaks Blossom Club Records, Special Collections & Archives, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by River Oaks Blossom Club, 2000.

Detailed List of Contents


Scope and Contents
This series consists of twenty-five folders, and contains the yearbooks of the Club, dating from 1939-2004. The yearbooks list the officers, the programs for that year, the committees for the programs and the flower show, and the active members. The yearbooks are dated to coincide with the Club's year, which runs October thrugh May. There are a few yearbooks missing: 1948-1949, 1988-1989, and 1989-1990.
Box Folder
1 1 1940-1942
2 1942-1944
3 1944-1946
4 1946-1948
5 1949-1951
6 1951-1953
7 1953-1955
8 1955-1957
9 1957-1959
10 1959-1961
11 1961-1963
12 1963-1965
13 1965-1967
14 1967-1969
15 1969-1971
16 1971-1973
17 1973-1975
18 1975-1977
19 1977-1979
20 1979-1981
21 1981-1983
22 1983-1985
23 1985-1988
24 1990-1991
25 1992-1999
26 2000-2004

Administrative 1950-2001

Scope and Contents
This series contains sixteen folders. Items include minutes, the constitution and by-laws, correspondence, newspaper clippings, information about the Club and its officers, and general horticultural information. The minutes from 1950-1960 are bound in a book. The minutes from 1973-1982 were in a three-ring, leather binder. They have been removed from the binder for preservation purposes, and the binder has been boxed separately in box 4. Some loose materials have been categorized.
Box Folder
2 1 Minutes 1950-1960
2 Minutes October 1960-May 1964
3 Minutes October 1964-May 1968
4 Minutes October 1968-May 1971
5 Minutes October 1971-May 1975
6 Minutes October 1975-May 1981
7 Minutes October 1979-May 1981
8 Constitution and By-Laws 1996
9 Officers 1989
10 Officers 1996
11 Correspondence 1974-2004
12 Newspaper Clippings 1970, 1997, 2001
13 Flower Shows 1991-2003
14 Activities 1996
15 Schedule 1996-1997
16 Gardening Information 1978-1999

Photographs 1982-2003

Scope and Contents
This series contains photographs, mostly of of people and arrangements at flower shows. Photographs from a few other events are also included. The negatives from the 1993 show are included in a separate folder. The 1995 photographs are arranged in a photo album, which has not been taken apart. The 1997 photographs were in an album, which has been taken apart. There is one photo of a guest speaker at a Club meeting in 1997. The speaker was the chef from Brennans, a Houston restaurant. Photographs in which people can be identified are placed earlier in the series. Some of the Blossom Club members identified in the photographs include Bootsie Martin, Katherine Manatt, Jeannette Jawarski, Barbara Taitt, Leah Tucker, Grace Gandy, Karol Barnhart, Ann Phenicie, Claire Johnson, and Betsy Anderson.
Box Folder
3 1 Flower Show 1982
2 Flower Show 1985
3 Flower Show 1989
4 Flower Show 1991
5 Flower Show 1993
6 Flower Show 1995
7 Flower Show 1997
8 Flower Show 1997
9 Flower Show 2003
10 San Miguel de Allende 1994
11 Christmas Party 1994
12 Meetings and Activities 1997-2002
13 Fort Worth Trip 2003
14 Photographs undated
Box Folder
4 1 Flower Show Abum 1995